AHC B He Saw and Believed Reflections - Hebrew Catholics

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Hebrew Catholics

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Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature

(Mark 16: 15)

Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing
so, remain close to Him. The following are only examples illustrating
how you can note the gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your
on-going reflection.

He Saw and Believed

Easter Day     Year B                     John 20: 1 — 10

1. It is often said of Mary Magdalen that she loved so much because she had been forgiven so much. This realisation enabled Mary to share the Gospel Good News of forgiveness so freely with the people of her times. She is thus a good example to us in our work of evangelisation. Perhaps our starting point might be to love much because we know we have been forgiven so much.

2. The people who feature in our account were of very different personality types. That should encourage us all to be ourselves and thus be authentic and genuine in our interactions with the world about us.

“The flowers in God’s garden are not all one
colour and one scent, though they are all
planted by one Spirit. The subjects of His
kingdom are not all exactly one tone and
temperament, though they all love the same
Saviour, and their names are in the same book
of life. The Church of Christ has some in its
ranks who are like Peter, and some who are
like John; and a place for all, and a work for
all to do. Let us love all who love Christ in
sincerity, and thank God that they loved Him
at all.”                                       (J. C. Ryle)

3. We note that the disciples believed, but as yet did not understand. How important that fact is. Some Christians have a tendency to insist that they will not believe some aspect of the Christian Faith until they fully understand it. Certainly we should not be so naive as to believe everything in religion which crosses our path. We ought to be discerning and beware of frauds.

The essence of our Faith is believing, not so much in what is taught but rather in Who is teaching it. Jesus is the Word: the Teacher and the Teaching of God. It is in Him we ought to believe. If we follow Him, understanding will grow, and grow and grow.

Mary Magdalen, Saints Peter and John believed in our Lord and His teaching — but their understanding came sometimes only slowly. We can hardly expect things to be different for us. If we are faithful as were they — then our understanding will expand and deepen as God permits.



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